Incitec Pivot Fertilisers is expanding its distribution facilities at Port Adelaide, leasing the nearby MacroFertil site to meet growing demand for bulk and blended fertilisers in South Australia.
US scientists have identified networks of genes and gene regulators that allow plants to direct nitrogen to different parts, a discovery that may speed the breeding of new plant varieties to be more effective with how they use nitrogen.
This year’s desperately dry winter across the northern farming zone may have a small upside for some grain growers in New South Wales and Queensland with the potential for summer crop fertiliser budgets to be revised on failed cropping country.
New farming systems research on Queensland’s Darling Downs is working towards finding the impact of cropping rotations, intensity and nutrient strategies on productivity and sustainability.
Work has commenced on the first stage of a $35 million project that will deliver a three-pronged expansion at Mort & Co’s Grassdale Feedlot near Dalby.
Evidence suggests many crops across all rainfall zones are nitrogen deficient, and this is one of the major reasons why cereal yields are on average only half what they should be.
Western Australian grain growers considering the nutritional requirements of wheat and barley crops following recent rainfall are advised nitrogen (N) fertiliser applied relatively late in the season can often achieve optimum results for both grain yields and protein levels.
A new study of the role microbial communities play on the leaves of plants suggests that fertilising crops may make them more susceptible to disease.
Research by Washington University in St. Louis scientists in the United States show that it might soon be possible to engineer plants to develop their own fertiliser.
World supply and demand factors, and changes in currency exchange rates, appear to be the main drivers behind a $60/t hike in the price of urea in recent weeks.